Law Databases

Database Access at Villanova Law

Most law library databases listed below are available via IP authentication, except where otherwise noted. Databases are available off-campus to law school faculty, staff, and students. You may access these databases through our secure proxy server by logging in with your main campus email username and password (do not include vuad\ before your username). Some databases require separate passwords such as Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg and others.

Alphabetical List of Law Databases

Available on Westlaw. Includes detailed profiles of Federal judges, including descriptions of major cases and opinions of attorneys who have interacted with the judges. An essential stop when researching for Federal Clerkships. Full text searching only--no Table of Contents or Index available online. Formerly available via CCH Intelliconnect.

ALM publication provided via our law.com subscription and offers firm and attorney rankings and other legal news stories and analysis. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

NOTE: Students must purchase their own subscription to this database, it is not provided by the law school library.

Get access to more than 250 study aids through Aspen.  With a personalized account, you can take notes and highlight directly in the eBook and access all titles from your tablet or phone.  Includes the Examples & Explanations series, Emmanuel Law OutlinesGlannon GuidesCrunchtime exam prep series, Case Note briefs and many others.

Requires a paid account which you can register for at www.aspenlaw.com. See the library blog, Source Check, for instructions on purchasing the library. Once you've purchased your subscription, follow these directions for access:

  1. Go to www.aspenlaw.com and login to your account.
  2. On the top right, click on My Digital Library.
  3. Confirm that the WK Online Study Aid Library appears in My Digital Library.
  4. Click Access.
  5. You will be brought to ebooks.aspenlaw.com. You’ll see “Welcome Villanova University” at the top.
  6. If you want to save notes/highlights, you will need to create a second login. (It’s ok to reuse your Aspenlaw credentials.)

Online version of many Bureau of National Affairs publications in a variety of subject areas. This material is slowly transitioning to Bloomberg Law. Law school students, staff and faculty are encouraged to access this information via Bloomberglaw.com instead. Alerts and BNA Reports email subscriptions can also be created on Bloomberglaw.

Online version of many Bureau of National Affairs publications in a variety of subject areas. For use by library visitors. Law school students, faculty and staff are encouraged to access BNA materials on Bloomberglaw.com instead for a better research experience.

Online access for use by library visitors. Includes the BNA Tax Management Portfolio series. Law students, faculty and staff are encouraged to access the Tax and Accounting Center on Bloomberglaw.com instead for a better research experience. 

Bloomberg Law

Provides dockets and case documents taken directly from PACER as well as state and federal cases, regulations, and statutes. Also links to BNA Portfolios and BNA Law Reports for news and current awareness items. Second and Third Year Law Students: for access go tohttps://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate/ and register using your official law school email address (@law.villanova.edu, not the main campus @villanova.edu address).

Online tutorials and practice problems to assist in exam and course preparation. Covers a wide variety of subjects. To access the lessons, students can pick up an Authorization Code card at the law library reference desk or email Lori Corso for the code and instructions.

Casemaker is low-cost alternative to Lexis Advance and Westlaw that offers mostly primary legal materials along with some forms, jury instructions and other related materials. Many state bar associations have contracted with Casemaker to provide this service for free to their bar members as a membership benefit.

Casemaker offers a free version to law students and faculty called CasemakerX. Students and faculty can register for their free account using their law school email address.

Online version of many Commerce Clearinghouse publications in the areas of Tax, Business, and Human Resources. First-time users should create an account here using their law school email address. Students are encouraged to create an account while on-campus for the best experience and then the site can be accessed from any device or location using that new user name and password.

Thomson Reuters database providing tax primary sources and analysis materials from Warren, Gorham, and Lamont. Students can generate an off-campus password for checkpoint from a computer at the law school (such as those in the library) by registering at http://www.checkpoint-registration.riag.com/schools. Your password can then be used from any computer at any location.

Censtats, from the United States Census Bureau, includes building permits data, County business patterns, international trade data, and occupational data.

Formerly known as THOMAS, Congress.gov, from the Library of Congress, provides access to legislation from the current session of Congress along with information about federal legislation from 1973 onward. The site contains various bill versions, amendments, actions taken on bills, committee reports and other legislative information. It also provides links to the Congressional Record, House and Senate Committees, and contact information for members of Congress.

ALM publication provided via our law.com subscription and offers firm articles and analysis of use to corporate or inhouse attorneys. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

*formerly known as Lexis Congressional, and Congressional Information Services Congressional Universe

Online version of the CIS (Congressional Information Service). Provides legislative history information for Federal bills, including committee hearings and reports along with references to the accompanying CIS Microfiche numbers. 

Legal news publication covering Delaware business information. Provided via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Online access to the regional legal newspaper for Delaware provided via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Database with over 21,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion.

An excellent series of study aids for all major law school subjects that take a problem-based approach to learning legal concepts.

Available on reserve at the circulation desk or via eBook access through Aspen / Wolters Kluwer (eBook access requires purchasing $60 subscription from Wolters Kluwer).

Free online access to judicial, statutory, and regulatory information from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Browse by title, category of document, date, committee or author of the publication. Will be replaced by GovInfo.gov which is currently in Beta testing. Also previously known as GPOAccess.

Guide with links to Federal court websites.

Online version of Foreign Laws: Current Sources of Codes and Legislation, which provides references to the fulltext of foreign statutes in English, if available.

Free online access to judicial, statutory, and regulatory information from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Browse by title, category of document, date, committee or author of the publication. Previously known as FDSys/GPOAccess.

Extensive digital library collection including PDF full text of journal articles, federal statutes, CFR regulations, and legislative and international materials.

Online version of many Commerce Clearinghouse publications in the areas of Tax, Business, and Human Resources. First-time users should create an account here using their law school email address. Students are encouraged to create an account while on-campus for the best experience and then the site can be accessed from any device or location using that new user name and password.

Job listings for international internships and permanent jobs in international development, foreign policy, international program administration and a variety of other positions. View tabs for weekly and monthly listings.

Legal news site produced by American Lawyer Media. Access articles about the legal industry as well as specific practice areas including Corporate & Securities, Class Actions, Appeallate practice, Labor & Employment and IP. Also features large list of industry rankings and surveys such as the Top 100 Law Firms, The National Law Journal's Top 500 Firms and the Summer Associates Survey. Offers Legal Terms & Definitions dictionary. Access additional publications such as the National Law Journal, the New Jersey or New York Law JournalDelaware Law Weekly andCorporate Counsel by clicking on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the homepage.

Free collection of law review articles culled from law schools using Digital Commons institutional repositories. Articles are grouped by practice area or conduct a keyword search across all articles. Databases are also available for other disciplines (Business, Medicine, Economics etc.) via the larger Digital Commons Network.

Search a collection of directories in the areas of government, business, and law.

Directory of links to public records databases, court dockets, and filings.

Legal technologies newsletter offering articles on cyber security, e-discovery and other types of legal software provided our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Online version of the daily Philadelphia legal newspaper. Offers columns on legal issues, case analysis, verdicts, legal notices and job postings. Current week's worth of issues available along with some archived columns from previous months. Contact the Library Reference Desk for sources of older articles. Law faculty can request an individual account to set up email and newsletter alerts by contacting their liaison.

Online access to fulltext journal articles, state and federal primary and secondary sources, forms, news resources and public records data. 

Version of Lexis primarily for undergraduate users, providing mainly primary resources. 

National legal newsletter offering articles, anlysis and law firm rankings via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Online access to the regional legal newspaper for New Jersey provided via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Online access to the regional legal newspaper for New York provided via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

State legislative information including bill tracking, House & Senate journals, committee reports and more.

Smart Litigator Pennsylvania ceased operations as of August 10, 2016. Please utilize these alternative sources for Pennsylvania case law and other primary materials:WestlawLexisBloomberg Law. Some Smart Litigator content has also been made available to Fastcase subscribers. Free Fastcase subscriptions are provided by some bar associations as a benefit for their members (even student members). View full list of participating bar associations here. PA Bar members can also access Pennsylvania resources through the PBA's subscription to Casemaker.

Collection of resources prepared for and by practitioners. Materials include treatises, CLE course books and program transcripts, Answer Books and sample forms. Note: To access the "My Folders" & "My Searches" features, you must register as a new user using the Register link at the top of the database home page from an on-campus computer or using the Villanova Law wireless internet connection. Once you've created an account, you can then view your search history and list of folders from off-campus but you can only access the full-text of items contained in those folders while on-campus. Please contact the Electronic Services Librarian or Library Reference Desk for assistance or view the Online Tutorial.

*formerly known as Lexis Congressional, and Congressional Information Services Congressional Universe

Online version of the CIS (Congressional Information Service). Provides access to federal hearings, transcripts and submitted testimony, committee reports, bills, public laws, congressional member public interest group ratings, selected committee prints, congressional documents, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Code. Includes references to the accompanying CIS Microfiche numbers for older bills.

Online source for indexes of statistical tables from the U.S. government, business and research organizations with some full-text available from 2007.  

A bibliographical tool that helps to gather, manage and store citations for all types of publications and assists in the creation of footnotes and bibliographies. Also permits attachement of full-text documents to their citation for document storage and access. Law students, faculty and staff should click the "Sign up for a New Account" and register using their law school email address. NOTE: Select "Bluebook (notes & bibliography)" as the Output style. See the Research Management Systems research guide for more information.

 

Thomson Reuters database providing tax primary sources and analysis materials from Warren, Gorham, and Lamont. Students can generate an off-campus password for checkpoint from a computer at the law school (such as those in the library) by registering at http://www.checkpoint-registration.riag.com/schools. Your password can then be used from any computer at any location.

Smart Litigator Pennsylvania ceased operations as of August 10, 2016. Please utilize these alternative sources for Pennsylvania case law and other primary materials:WestlawLexisBloomberg Law. Some Smart Litigator content has also been made available to Fastcase subscribers. Free Fastcase subscriptions are provided by some bar associations as a benefit for their members (even student members). View full list of participating bar associations here. PA Bar members can also access Pennsylvania resources through the PBA's subscription to Casemaker.

"Preprints" of social science and legal academic journal articles.

Newsletter published by the National Law Journal which offers commentary and other information about the cases and lawyers who appear before the Supreme Court. Provided via our law.com subscription. Click on the "List Sites" button in the bottom right corner of the law.com homepage to access this publication.

Formerly known as THOMAS, Congress.gov, from the Library of Congress, provides access to legislation from the current session of Congress along with information about federal legislation from 1973 onward. The site contains various bill versions, amendments, actions taken on bills, committee reports and other legislative information. It also provides links to the Congressional Record, House and Senate Committees, and contact information for members of Congress.

Database providing statistical information about federal agencies, such as the IRS and the federal courts (number of claims handled, types of claims, etc.)

Legal research platform that provides full-text secondary sources as well as state and federal cases, statutes, and regulations. Also offers Practical Law materials, directories, dockets, motions & briefs and other legal materials.

Free collection of United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) documents. Use the Databases link to access the status, full text, certified true copies and other information for UN treaties. The databases are searchable in a number of different ways including by popular name of the treaty, treaty title or by using the cumulative indexes.

Get access to more than 250 study aids through Aspen.  With a personalized account, you can take notes and highlight directly in the eBook and access all titles from your tablet or phone.  Includes the Examples & Explanations series, Emmanuel Law OutlinesGlannon GuidesCrunchtime exam prep series, Case Note briefs and many others.

Requires a paid account which you can register for at www.aspenlaw.com. See the library blog, Source Check, for instructions on purchasing the library. Once you've purchased your subscription, follow these directions for access:

  1. Go to www.aspenlaw.com and login to your account.
  2. On the top right, click on My Digital Library.
  3. Confirm that the WK Online Study Aid Library appears in My Digital Library.
  4. Click Access.
  5. You will be brought to ebooks.aspenlaw.com. You’ll see “Welcome Villanova University” at the top.
  6. If you want to save notes/highlights, you will need to create a second login. (It’s ok to reuse your Aspenlaw credentials.)

 

Search a collection of directories in the areas of government, business, and law.

Finding Non-Law Resources

This page lists resources of interest to those who are performing legal research. 

For information on non-legal research, consult the Electronic Resources by Subject page of the Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library website.

For electronic journals available from the University Library, use Falvey Library's Journal Finder or see the Alphabetical List of Electronic Journals.

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